What’s on the Ballot: A Voting Guide for Manhattanites

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If you’re a typical voter, the race between President Donald Trump (R) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has probably been commanding your attention for the past few months. To be sure, it’s an incredibly important race that will have a huge impact on the future of the country. However, it is also important not to neglect the down-ballot races. The presidential race may be a foregone conclusion in New York, but there are several local races that are more competitive. These races will determine the fate of the laws and policies that directly impact your neighborhood: your schools, your roads, your hospitals.

Races to Watch

Assembly District 76

Lou Puliafito (Photo credit: NYCP)
Lou Puliafito
Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright (Photo credit: Zbroner, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright

Due to a filing error, Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (D-Upper East Side, Yorkville) was disqualified from running as a Democrat for her re-election bid. Lou Puliafito (R) saw this as a rare opportunity to flip the assembly district red, and threw his hat into the ring. Puliafito, whose campaign is entirely grassroots, hopes to fill the Assembly seat with “an average person… who’s had an average life.”

Seawright, meanwhile, is running on the “Rise and Unite Party” ticket, having been disallowed from running on the Democratic or Working Families Party tickets.

State Senate District 28

Mike Zumbluskas profile image, speaking outside
Mike Zumbluskas
State Senator Liz Krueger (Photo provided by Krueger's Communications Office)
State Senator Liz Krueger

Michael Zumbluskas will be challenging State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Upper East Side, Lenox Hill) for the third time to date. Zumbluskas has run against Krueger twice before, in 2014 and 2016; in both races, he lost handily, taking just over 25 percent of the vote each time.

Despite this, Zumbluskas has argued that his past runs, while unsuccessful, have at least had an influence on Krueger’s administration. He has claimed, for instance, that she hadn’t passed any significant legislation until he called her out on her inaction during his 2014 campaign.

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Down-Ballot Races

House of Representatives

District 7

Lower East Side and East Village; Also in Queens – Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Woodhaven; Also in Brooklyn – Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, East New York, East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Williamsburg.

  • Nydia Velázquez (D)*
  • Brian Kelly (R)
  • Gilbert Midonnet (L)

District 10

Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, SoHo, Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, the Financial District, Battery Park City; Also in Brooklyn: Borough Park, Kensington, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend.

  • Jerrold Nadler (D)*
  • Cathy Bernstein (R)
  • Michael Madrid (L)

District 12

Lower East Side and East Village; Also in Queens: Maspeth, Ridgewood, Woodside. Also in Brooklyn: Bushwick, Greenpoint, Red Hook, East New York, Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Williamsburg.

  • Carolyn Maloney (D)*
  • Carlos Santiago-Cano (R)
  • Steven Kolln (L)

District 13

Marble Hill, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side.

  • Adriano Espaillat (D)*
  • Lovelynn Gwinn (R)
  • Christopher Morris-Perry (C)

State Senate

District 26

Lower Manhattan. Also, in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Waterfront,

  • Brian Kavanagh (D)*
  • Lester Chang (R)
  • District 28

District 28

Upper East Side, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Midtown.

  • Liz Krueger (D)*
  • Michael Zumbluskas (R)

District 29

Upper Manhattan, Randalls Island, Roosevelt Island, Central Park; Also South Bronx.

  • Jose M. Serrano (D)*
  • Jose A. Colon (R)

District 30

Harlem, East Harlem, El Barrio, Upper West Side, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights.

  • Brian Benjamin (D)*
  • Oz Sultan (R)

District 31

Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Morningside Heights, the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea.

  • Robert Jackson (D)*
  • Melinda Crump (R)

State Assembly

District 66

Greenwich Village, the East Village, the West Village, Tribeca, Battery Park City.

  • Deborah Glick (D)*
  • Tamara Lashchyk (R)

District 68

El Barrio/East Harlem, Central Harlem, Upper East Side.

  • Robert Rodriguez (D)*
  • Daby Carreras (R)

District 73

Upper East Side, Midtown East, Turtle Bay, Sutton Place.

  • Dan Quart (D)*
  • Judith Graham (R)

District 76

Upper East Side, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island.

  • Louis Puliafito (R)
  • Rebecca Seawright (Rise and Unite Party)

(* denotes incumbent)

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